iST Xs Technology - Extra Stiff Connection = Max Energy Transfer
S1iD Barrel Technology - Multi-Wall Barrel Offers MAXIMUM Performance from SWING 1
Two-Piece, 100% Composite Construction
Approved for Play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF
Balanced Swing Weight
Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty
2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter
-10 Length to Weight Ratio
7/8 Inch Standard Handle
Performance PLUS Composite with Zero Friction Double Wall Design
New for 2017! The suspenseful wait is finally over and Louisville Slugger has done it yet again. The new, improved, and proven #1 bat in Fastpitch softball continues to impress year after year and this model is no exception. The highly anticipated 2017 Louisville Slugger XENO Plus Fastpitch Softball Bat: FPXN170 provides the exclusive Performance PLUS composite material, the utmost power, and supreme durability that one has come to expect from previous models. The two-piece, 100% composite construction provides exceptional balance, a lighter swing weight, and an enormous sweet spot. On top of that, and upgraded from last year, the 2017 XENO Plus features the brand-new iST Xs Technology that implements an extra stiff connection resulting in maximum energy transfer, reduced vibration, and optimal performance. Tried-and-tested over the years, the S1iD Barrel Technology is back and offers MAXIMUM Performance from SWING 1 meaning that there is ZERO break-in required, hot out of the wrapper performance, and maximum pop on contact. With a 2 1/4 inch barrel diameter, a standard 7/8 inch handle, and a -10 length to weight ratio, the WTLFPXN170 is approved for play in ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA, and ISF. Furthermore, the 2017 XENO Plus will perform at the highest level and promote extreme confidence at the plate. Last, but certainly not least, this bat is covered by a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty. Louisville Slugger: The most trusted name in Fastpitch! Get yours today with Free Shipping!
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In 1842, J. Frederick Hillerich emigrated with his family from Baden-Baden, Germany to the United States. Eight years before, the 1834 Book of Sports had made its debut as the nation's first publication covering baseball. But when he arrived in Baltimore, J. Frederick Hillerich would never have dreamed of the future impact his family would have on America's favorite pastime.
After a short while, the Hillerichs moved to Louisville, where J. Fred started a woodworking shop in 1856. Two of his sons, Adam and John Andrew "Bud" were born in the United States and would later join their father in his business. By 1864 "J.F. Hillerich, Job Turning" was in operation and filled orders for businesses by custom-turning everything from balusters to bedposts.
The firm thrived, and by 1875 the little woodworking shop employed about 20 people. In 1880 Bud Hillerich, who was an amateur baseball player, became an apprentice in his father's shop. Young Bud made his own baseball bats along with bats for several of his teammates.
The debate over the origins of the first bat continues to generate controversy among baseball enthusiasts, but the younger Hillerich was most certainly involved in getting his father's business involved with what would become the company's signature item. According to company legend, the first bat was turned by Bud for Pete "The Old Gladiator" Browning in 1884. Browning was a star on Louisville's professional American Association team - the Eclipse. On a spring afternoon Bud, then seventeen, witnessed Browning break his favorite bat. Bud offered to make a bat for his hero, and Browning accepted. After the young wood shop apprentice lathed a quality stick from white ash, according to the story, Browning got three hits with it in the next game.
Louisville Slugger gloves are worn by more pitchers in Major League Baseball than any other glove.
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